Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Los Marcos Madness, October 4-5, NYC - Schedule

Los Marcos is almost upon us like an errant Nor'Easter!

I won't be playing but I will be courtside with a 'concessions' stand selling innertubes (new in box) and old tires (sold as-is) for $5 a piece. If you're nice, I'll let you use my floor pump and tire levers.

Ken's preliminary schedule for the weekend of Los Marcos. EVERYTHING is subject to change.

Months ago:
Bribery begins.

Thursday, October 2:
6:00 - 9:00: Pickup games at the Pit.
9:00 - ??? : Karaoke at Hope & Anchor -

Friday, October 3:
10:00am - 6:00pm: Ken is taking the day off from work. Um, good to know? I just hope he showers and maybe washes his pants.
8:00 - ...: Preparty/Registration - Boneshakers: 134 Kingsland ave @ Beadle st - Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This is Bradstar's new Cafe.

Saturday, October 4:
10:00am - registration & pickup & tournament play. No one knows what's going to happen!!!!!!
8:00pm - Polocat. Many points for giving at polocat. It'll be short, sweet, and scenic
10:00pm - Party at East River Bar

Sunday, October 5:
10:00am - tournament continues
3:00-4:00pm - epic East Coast vs. West Coast polo battle
6:00 - tournament ends
6:01 - we start adding up points. Cash bribes still accepted
6:03 - PRIZES
8:00 - Bike Shorts at Monkeytown

Friday, September 26, 2008

More Interbike links:

For more coverage on all things bike related also check these:


Still glad I didn't go, that city ain't my cup of tea!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Fixing Carbon frames

About a year ago I was at NYC Velo (don't ask me why I keep linking them, but they're an important part of this story) hanging around like I tend to do. Of course a lot my 'hanging' time involves trying to get things for free. Not new things mind you, but items like used tires for polo or odds and ends that ended up in the parts bin.

For a while, (at least a year plus) there had been a damaged Ridley Damocles in the bin just getting knocked around. There was noticeable damage on the seat-tube at the clamp and someone had over-torqued the front derailleur clamp and crushed the tube. The Damocles is a $2200 carbon frame and frankly, I've never owned anything that nice in my life. Snaked it (with permission) and brought it home.

So, I had a sweet dust magnet and it sat on my wall for a year. I had heard that carbon fiber (CF) bikes were repairable but there were very few people in this market. After a little research, I contacted Calfee out in CA and had the boys at Affinity box it up and I sent it out.

Just got the quote yesterday. I'm going to fix it. Doooopeness shall abound.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Interbike 2008

I've attended Interbike for the last two years running. Went with my friends from NYC Velo and did it DIY. Ran around with a bag full of new samples trying to make connections and sales. Not this year though. A lot of NYC heads and companies are there representing and taking it in. Some for the first time, some for fifth time, some just for a good time.

Look for coverage on the following sites:



If you're not familiar, Interbike is the bike industries annual convention. Takes place in Las Vegas. Unlike Eurobike, Interbike is 'private' and open only to industry particpants. What does that mean? Not a whole lot really. If you want to go, talk to the people at your favorite bike shop and ask them if they're attending. Chances are that won't mind putting you on their attendee list. Barring that, you could just tell the organizers that you're a media person and pay your way in. No worries and lots of swag.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Sophie Can Walk

I found this on Street Boners and TV Carnage. If you you're not familiar, SBTVC is the biproduct of Gavin McInnes and some other guy (Derrick Beckles, nice to meet you).

On YouTube.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Los Marcos Madness, October 4-5, NYC

Los Marcos Madness Flyer

The time has come. The world’s most dangerous polo team is about to return to New York City to eat you alive again. It’s time to start preparing your feeble attempts to dominate them. Bribery helps. Costumes help. Rampant chicanery and outrageous shenanigans will help. If you think you can beat LOS MARCOS POLOS at their own game, then you need to prove it. October 4-5. The Pit. See losmarcospolos.com for more details.

this post was straight up stolen from www.nycbikepolo.com. No shame!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Summer Slam! TONIGHT

I'm probably not going to make due to having waaay to much work, but all should attend. If you're new or seasoned and want to race or just meet some peeps, go check it out!

Prospect Park, Grand Army Plaza entrance, 9pm.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Wholesale Accounts

Are you affiliated with a shop that you think would be interested in our gear? Do you work at a shop that is interested?
Get in touch!

Ethan Laek

Monday, September 15, 2008

Weekend Recap

Stayed in on Friday night and worked on a hip-bag.

Worked a checkpoint for the METAL race on Saturday night. Brody and I took charge of the cutting checkpoint, located in front of a cemetery in Ridgewood Queens for about 3+ hours. Good times were had and blood flowed in a most metal manner. By the time we left there was blood, beer and sparks on the ground.

Linked on HighSnobriety! Thanks Nick!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Slapdick Polo Starts Tomorrow! Metal Race II on Saturday Night!

If I hadn't gotten my shoulder torn up I'd be most assuredly attending. But I did, so the best thing I can do is send some prizes (shirts and stickers) down to RyanD, organizer supreme. NYC is going to rep pretty hard and the probably smush the competition (statistically, point-wise and in overall beauty.) But its cool, I'm rebuilding my B-52s collection and really need the time to get organised.

Perhaps I'll hit up the Metal Race II on Saturday night? Last year was supposed to have been rad as hell and this should be no exception. I hate metal and I'm considering racing/attending...

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Downer day

Yah, so I just sorta wanted to get this post out of the way early. Its the 7th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a most egregious bummer of a day.

I was in the city and at work (up in the 50s on 7th Ave, real far away from the WTC) that day. We watched the second plane crash on TV. Internet and phones went down for the day and we were let out early. On my walk to Grand Central Terminal (I was living in Connecticut at the time) you could look down Fifth Avenue and see the plumes of smoke. It was a beautiful, dry day too. Eerie. At the station, some people were covered in dirt and dust. They jumped on the commutter rail to leave the city and go home to their families. No one I knew died. One co-worker lost his father (I couldn't imagine that) but that was it.

The next day my father woke me up at 6am. "I'm not letting those bastards change my life" and drove off to New Jersey to go to work. I was just happy to have a day off and went mountain biking instead (plus I hated my job and wasn't exactly chomping at the bit to go back). It still hadn't really settled in. Sometimes it still hasn't. Its a downer day.


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Slapdick Polo Competition-Washington DC, this weekend

Sep 13 2008 - Sep 14 2008

Slapdick is hosting a fall tournament this year.

Registration Friday Night at Asylum in Adams Morgan (same place as for ESPI. Downstairs at the big table)
ALL TEAMS must register by Friday at 11pm. If you won't make it to Asylum, CALL ME. 2zero2 55seven 6fore54.
Round robin format across two days of playing.
Saturday: Pick up games from 11am-noon. Bracket play begins at noon.
Saturday Night: Pasta Dinner/BBQ at 425 Q St NW. Please bring a lock and your own drinks. (free for players, minimal fee for spectators)
Sunday: Pick up from 9am-11am. Bracket play from 11am - finished, hopefully done around 3pm so you can all get home.
Prizes given out at the rink Sunday night.

$10/person ($30/team)
T-shirts: $15 for registered players, $20 for non-players.
All proceeds go to Ezra at Fast-Boy Cycles to aide in his fight against colon cancer - http://www.fastboycycles.com/teachingcancertocry/

Sponsors are:
Jon Wye
Earth Wind & Rider
Laek House
Sage Brown
Silver Cycles


Rush Rink
13th St at D St SE
Washington, DC, 20003
United States
See map: Google Maps
Contact info:

Monday, September 8, 2008

Friday, September 5, 2008

More updates

Here is another sample. All of the art on the shirt is ELVS.

All of the new gear will be live on Monday comes hell or high-water.


Thursday, September 4, 2008

One more...

One more color scheme of the Coppi shirt.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Super Champion on TrackosaurusRex

Well, one good turn deserves another!

Tyler Lepore, proprietor of Vancouver, CAN's Super Champion has a vignette (I'm not really sure what the proper name for a 4min movie is) discussing his motivations and mentality. Nice!

The video on TrackosaurusRex

Super Champion


Tuesday, September 2, 2008


Congrats to Austin and Kym for maximum race victory this weekend in Chicago!

In polo news, New York didn't win for a change but Ottawa evidently placed two teams in the top three. Congrats to Brian, Robbie and Alexis!

Follow Bike Polo developments and discussions on Bikepolo.ca.